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GEOG 4 - Cultural Geography

City College of San Francisco
Spring 2002

This course is supplemented by the World Wide Web and other computerized resources. The class webpage can be accessed by typing the following address into an internet browser:

Instructor: Alan Forsberg.

Office hours: After class or by apppointment.

Tel: 415-239-3104 ext. 5


Course description and objectives

Geography is both a natural and a social science which examines issues of location and process on the earth's surface. This introductory course will emphasize the social dimension of geography including human influences on the environment. The main goals this quarter are to help you to understand your world and how you fit in personally, locally, regionally, nationally, and globally. You will learn more about the relationships which exist between people everywhere, how resources are exploited and distributed across the globe, how the diffusion of phenomena cause distant places and cultures to influence one another, and how societies shape and are shaped by the natural environment.

Geography 4 requires substantial reading, writing and data interpretation. The development of critical thinking skills is also emphasized. This all means that I don't expect you to agree with, or to memorize and recite the readings, but rather to read carefully and form your own opinions and perspectives about the material. The successful student will become more aware of the dynamics of our 'global' society and learn to see problems and their solutions more holistically.

What to expect: To complete this course with a satisfactory grade you must carefully follow directions, complete all assignments on time, be well prepared for weekly quizzes (keep up on reading and study maps over time), demonstrate a mastery of geographic concepts and readings, apply geographic concepts, attend and participate in class. It is my educational philosophy that, since GEO-GRAPHY by definition is a description of the world, each student is expected to share their own perspectives, ideas, and experiences through participation in class discussion and in their approach to the class work.

For all work handed in save a copy. If you hand it in on paper- please write GEG 4, section number, FORSBERG, your name, and the date. Weekly quizzes cannot be made up without prior approval or a written medical or family emergency excuse, but the lowest weekly quiz grade will be dropped. Make-up assignments and exams should be arranged in advance when possible, and will probably be all essay. It is very important that you do your best on all class work and turn it in, because, even the lowest grade is much better than a zero. For example, if you earned a B+ on the midterm and quizzes but did no course work, you would earn a low C. Skip the final as well and you may not pass. Any student who has questions, or who requires extra help for whatever reason should never hesitate to see me after class, or schedule an appointment to see me.

If you need reasonable accommodations based on a documented disability, have emergency information to share, or require special arrangements in case of emergency evacuation, please make a confidential appointment with me within the first two weeks of class.

Any student who misses more than 4 classes may be dropped from the course.

Grade breakdown 

 *Two Midterms - essay exams, and a non-cumulative *Final Exam

10 weekly quizzes/class work (drop your lowest score)

 Class participation (Daily Attendance Summary Questions)

 TOTAL (based on a total of 1000 points)


 A = 900-1000 pts.  B = 800-899 pts.   C = 700-799 pts.  D = at least 600 pts.

Texts (both textbooks are required reading)

Geography 01/02

Building Geographic Literacy

GEOG 4 - Cultural Geography
Schedule of Assigned Readings
subject to change
(Last updated January 28, 2002)

 Week & Date

Building Geographic Literacy

 Geography 01/02
 1 - 1/28  1. Significance of place, regions  article # 1
 2 - 2/4  2. Frame of Reference
Map Projections
 article # 2, 3
 3 - 2/11  3. Lands and Seas
How to make a map
 articles # 29, 31
  Holiday - 2/18
4 - 2/25  4. U.S. and Canada  articles # 15, 30, 43
5 - 3/4- Midterm #1 review sheet
6 - 3/11 13. Latin America. articles # 7, 19
7 - 3/18  5. Europe articles # 21, 24
Spring Break - 3/25
8 - 4/1 6. Russia & NIS  articles # 22, 23
9 - 4/8  8. East Asia articles # 8, 40, 45
10 - 4/15 9. South Asia articles # 37
11 - 4/22 -   Midterm #2  review sheet
12 - 4/29  12. N. Africa, Middle East  article #12, 41
13 - 5/6 11. Sub-Saharan Africa  article # 38, 46
14 - 5/13  7. & 10. Australia, N.Z, Oceania & S.E. Asia & pp.60-62.  articles # 20, 36
15 - 5/20 -   Final Exam